Design for Manufacturing Tools

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Holding the press

Tom Shelley reports on a sheet metal forming technique that does away with the need for press tools





Lean goes with rapid

Tom Shelley reports on thinking that combines lean design, rapid prototyping and fast to market



Solid performance

Tom Shelley reports on some of the advantages of moving to 3D CAD




Vision system guarantees quality at BMW

The latest PC-based image processing technology is helping BMW guarantee the quality of head-up displays on its 5- and 6-series models. Dean Palmer reports


Cost while you design

Tom Shelley reports on software that addresses the number one headache for design and manufacturing managers, that of costing manufacturing whle design is in progress


Mixing tradition with the latest technology

Although Dyson believes in using a traditional, hands-on approach to design and development, 3D solid modelling and rapid prototyping also have a key role to play, writes Dean Palmer


Rapid prototyping scores well on all fronts

The goal of mass customising manufactured goods to suit people's individual taste is nearing reality. One company is using the latest laser sintering technology to tailor the design of football boots ...







Vision system is low cost but versatile

A new vision system has been developed that simplifies the automation of complex inspection tasks and improves productivity in industrial areas, writes Dean Palmer




Sensor ensures safe car braking

Dean Palmer reports on a sensor for the automated production of car parts by monitoring the correct assembly of O-rings at the flange of pumps used on car braking systems



System cuts cuts design time by 40%

A vehicle fuel tank manufacturer has cut product development times by 40% after implementing blow moulding simulation software. Dean Palmer reports


Thermal imaging gets smarter and smaller

Dean Palmer reports on a miniature industrial thermal imaging camera that has potential use in machine vision, process monitoring, robotics and security applications